Part 8 - Post Draft Analysis
By Chris Smith
July 13th, 2011

"For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream." -- Emmitt Smith

You just spent countless hours devoting yourself to the fantasy draft, poring over countless notes, articles, statistics and everything else you could read in order to have the best possible draft. You arrived at the draft confident and prepared, knowing that you were going to have the preeminent draft possible this season. The past 4+ hours were spent drafting the players you believe will carry you to the league championship. You know that the draft went smoothly and you weren't left scrambling at any point. More than likely, as a Footballguys.com subscriber, you were ready thanks to our articles, features and tools such as our very own Draft Dominator and the fantasy draft unfolded beautifully in front of you, leaving you great value to pick up throughout the process.

After the draft, you have a couple cold ones, talk some trash with your league mates and then have a choice to make:

  1. Congratulate yourself for having the perfect draft and wait for the season to begin
    or

  2. Take stock of your roster, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each position

Many fantasy owners do not take the time to reflect on their own rosters and that is a poor decision. No matter how marvelous your draft was, there will always be some positions stronger than others and it is important to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of your roster to properly etch out your plan of attack going forward.

After your draft, really take the time to give serious reflection in regards to your roster. Try to look at the players impartially as there are many different aspects of your roster to look at after the draft.

  1. Bye-week strength and conflict
  2. Starting lineup strength
  3. Back up strength
  4. Best position(s)
  5. Worst position(s)
  6. Possible trade bait

Here is a look at a potential draft for an owner. Must start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 TD.

Pick
Overall
Pos
Player
Team
1.09
9
WR
Andre Johnson
Hou
2.04
16
RB
Steven Jackson
StL
3.09
33
WR
Miles Austin
Dal
4.04
40
WR
Dez Bryant
Dal
5.09
57
RB
Mark Ingram
NO
6.04
64
QB
Josh Freeman
TB
7.09
81
TE
Owen Daniels
Hou
8.04
88
WR
Mike Williams
Sea
9.09
105
QB
Sam Bradford
StL
10.04
112
QB
Matt Cassel
KC
11.09
129
RB
Monterio Hardesty
Cle
12.04
136
RB
Demarco Murray
Dal
13.09
153
WR
Danny Amendola
StL
14.04
160
PK
Nate Kaeding
SD
15.09
177
TD
Dallas Cowboys
Dal
16.04
184
WR
Nate Burleson
Det

Take this information and break it down by position.

Pos
Player
Team
Bye
QB
Josh Freeman
TB
8
QB
Sam Bradford
StL
5
QB
Matt Cassel
KC
6
RB
Steven Jackson
StL
5
RB
Mark Ingram
NO
11
RB
Monterio Hardesty
Cle
5
RB
Demarco Murray
Dal
5
WR
Andre Johnson
Hou
11
WR
Miles Austin
Dal
5
WR
Dez Bryant
Dal
5
WR
Mike Williams
Sea
6
WR
Danny Amendola
StL
5
WR
Nate Burleson
Det
9
TE
Owen Daniels
Hou
11
PK
Nate Kaeding
SD
6
TD
Dallas Cowboys
Dal
5

Do a detailed breakdown of each position.

  • Quarterbacks - Grade: 7/10
  • Very common to wait on quarterback and then go with a committee
  • Great scoring potential out of this trio
  • Bye week coverage strong
  • Running Backs - Grade: 5/10
  • Jackson is a good fantasy starter
  • Ingram has huge potential if the Saints will give him the rock
  • Murray and Hardesty need people ahead of them to falter, but they could be nice players if given a chance
  • Terrible management in Week 5
  • Wide Receivers - Grade: 10/10
  • Johnson is an elite fantasy player
  • Austin is an excellent WR1 and an amazing WR2
  • Bryant could vault into top tier of receivers
  • Williams has solid potential
  • Combined with running backs, there is an enormous bye issue in Week 5
  • Tight Ends - Grade: 8/10
  • Daniels is a good fantasy starter
  • Place Kicker - Grade: 10/10
  • Great kicker in a great situation
  • Defenses - Grade 6/10
  • Cowboys are a decent defense, but it would be wise to watch the free agent pool for a surprise defense
  • Thoughts on this roster going forward

  • The quarterback position is pretty strong and shouldn't need much attention going forward. However, youth sometimes falters, so there is a risk there.

  • The running backs position doesn't have top-end talent and there could be an issue with depth. If the rookies produce, this will be an strong position, but it can be risky to rely on rookies.

  • The wide receivers are easily the strength of this team.

  • Tight end, kicker and defense starting strength is good overall but no depth at those positions as of yet. Will definitely need to focus on the waiver wire here.
  • Once you have identified the various weaknesses and strengths of your fantasy roster, it will be time to take steps to strengthen the roster. You will be able to use trades and waiver wire pickups to turn around the weaker aspects of your roster, and you should take the time to target teams that have weakness in positions that you have significant strength (receiver in the example above). One of the better aspects of the Draft Dominator is the ability to see the projected total scoring for each of the franchises in your league. You can compare your draft to the others in your league using this feature and can target teams with strong running games, great quarterback play and questionable receiver ability just by clicking a button. It is a fabulous tool that helps you truly break down your fantasy draft.

    Now you are ready to begin tweaking your roster and to start the season in your quest for the championship. Track all of the fantasy football news leading up to and through the entire season using our free Daily Updates, Footballguys News Blogger and The Shark Pool and you will be well on your way to a dominant fantasy season.

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